Special Note: This is the 700th post on this Montana blog.
Well, this is a hot story.
Boy, and what a story it is!
I mean, Gianforte body-slamming a Guardian reporter?
That was just one of the strange twists to hit the last 24 hours of this 2017 Montana special election for the U.S. House seat vacated by Ryan Zinke on March 1.
So let’s do an open post where you can say whatever the hell you want.
I have to admit, when I first heard the Gianforte body-slam come on Fox radio national news tonight at 8 PM I thought it had to be Quist.
Quist seemed to me like the only one that would be frustrated.
Hey, I figured he’d lose and perhaps he did too!
But it was Gianforte that had all this pent-up emotion and frustration, it seems, and boy did he let it out in Bozeman tonight!
Remember, Gianforte didn’t have an election night shindig scheduled for tomorrow night like Quist does here in Missoula.
This was it – Gianforte's last stop on his 7-city tour that he started very early this morning.
He didn’t have a lot of numbers – I saw images of the stop in Missoula today of about 25 GOP die-hards but that’s it.
Maybe he was just wore out.
It’s really hard to argue with Fox News reporters that saw this unfold, however.
So I’m hearing that the sheriff should press charges for assault at the least, if not battery.
But then we also know that the sheriff of Gallatin County gave $250 to Gianforte’s campaign just two months ago.
Old-time Montana reporter John Adams came out of the woodwork to tell us that one.
When it was just the Guardian story it sounded to me like Gianforte had a phone waved in his face (assault), went to bat it away (defending himself) and the reporter grabbed his wrist (battery).
That’s how he’ll play it tomorrow, if he just doesn’t lie low altogether.
Twitter is lighting up with gleeful people. I'd like to think this won't have an effect, but we'll see.
This is the left's chance to have their media nab the election for Quist.
Many want the Lee Newspapers in Montana to change their endorsement of Gianforte.
Well, they go home when they put up the next day’s edition, which happens at 8 PM.
Are they still in their offices mulling this over, ready to do some rewriting for tomorrow?
Maybe, we’ll see.
Mostly, when Fox News is the witness to it, then you're in trouble.
I bet the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) are trying to spin this for tomorrow, and you know what, it might work.
I think many voters will be happy Gianforte attacked those 'damn, liberal, East Coast reporters.'
Lots of votes have been cast already, and James Conner of Flathead Memo gave us the absentee ballot return rates by county in a nice chart.
- I still think Gianforte will win this.
- I don’t see Gianforte being arrested tonight or tomorrow.
- I do see Gianforte laying low at his home in Bozeman with his high-priced lawyers on speed-dial…should the need arise.
I’m sure he’s called several of them already.
Mostly, if he holds tight – and if the police and the sheriff don’t do anything – then he can still win.
I don’t see this driving up turnout a whole lot in places like Missoula.
I do see lots of Republicans that were on the fence about Gianforte (the 24% that voted for Nelson last June) coming out to support him tomorrow.
Or would they rather have a 'dope-smoking hippie' representing them?
I don’t think so.
So like I said, this could actually help Gianforte…or at least get him over the top.
Or those voters that were only leaning-Gianforte could now go to Libertarian Mark Wicks.
Boy, anything is possible and there’s really no way to tell!
Like I said, this is an open post so feel free to comment or vent or cheer or whatever.
And please, vote tomorrow if you haven’t done so already.
It’s set to be an exciting Thursday in the Treasure State. Hang on to your hats.
May 25 Updates
So it’s the morning after and here we are.
I went ahead and put my Rob Quist sign back out.
I’m on a busy street in Missoula, so we’ll see. I can’t do much else today to help out, so this is it.
Yes, I’d like Rob Quist to win.
At the same time I’m very hesitant about a Rob Quist win.
You’ve seen his spending, you’ve seen his staff…is this man capable of thinking and acting for himself when he gets to Congress…if he gets to congress?
I’m still not convinced that this Gianforte assault incident is going to win Rob the election.
We know that if Rob does win, it’ll only be due to this incident.
Or am I wrong on that?
Many of us figured that Quist was done until 8 PM last night.
So there’s a lot to process today, a lot to think about, and many of us have already voted.
I’ll keep you updated as the day progresses, and my post-election post will be up tonight around 10 or 11 or maybe even midnight…we’ll see how long it takes to get those results in.
Thanks for reading.
I see that Speaker of the House Paul Ryan said Gianforte should apologize, but that Montana should vote for who they think is best.
So there will be no reprimand from the House now or if Gianforte gets in.
This is a huge green light for the Gianforte campaign, and a signal that things will be alright.
The real test already came last night with the citation. It wasn't a felony, only a misdemeanor.
So who is Fox News reporter Alicia Acuna...and does she have an agenda?
I see she did cover a lot of Democratic political events. I dunno...smells funny to me.